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With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself doing more than your fair share of celebrating at other people's houses. And, as good as classic holiday dishes are, they tend to be rich in flavor because they're full on fat. It's definitely OK to indulge a little, but to balance out all of the high-calorie meals being served this season, bring a dish with you. It's an easy way to guarantee that there will be whole grains and fresh veggies wherever you are.

The next time you're invited to a dinner party, check with your hosts to see if you can bring a healthy appetizer like this chipotle hummus with veggies or a filling side dish like this quinoa with roasted butternut squash. While I've yet to encounter anyone who has taken offense, gauge your hosts first — chances are they won't say no once they know you're bringing a batch of these pumpkin-carrot bars with cream cheese frosting!

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